Alcatel and Sequans Communications are teaming up to develop low-cost devices for mobile WiMax networks. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007.
The deal involves integrating Alcatel’s advanced antenna technology with Sequans’ SQN1110, which is based on Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005. The silicon offers a throughput of 10 Mbps and needs less power than comparable solutions.
The companies said the move aims to reduce per-user cost of mobile WiMax service. They believe this is possible with improved coverage and capacity as well as with cost-optimized consumer premise equipment.